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Marquis Brochure

Marquis Brochure

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www.harlequinproperty.co.uk 0845 888 4422
 
www.themarquisestate.com
Considered to be one of the most romantic of all destinations in the world, St Lucia isa strikingly beautiful tropical island situated at the heart of the Windward chain in theEastern Caribbean between St Vincent and Martinique. The island is mountainousand fertile, its spectacular peaks and deep valleys draped in the lush greenery of the rainforest and blooming with tropical splendour. The stunning coastline offersvariety from classic stretches of white-sand beaches to the dramatic cliffs and hiddencoves, and has some of the finest natural harbours in the Caribbean. The iconictowering Pitons are just two of the island’s natural wonders; the spectacular twinvolcanic peaks rise majestically from the sea, midway down the Caribbean coast.As well as being the perfect place to relax and do nothing, St Lucia offers visitorsa colourful kaleidoscope of attractions to entertain them. Experience the adventureof exploring its sultry rainforest and swimming in its tropical waterfalls or takeadvantage of the excellent opportunities for snorkelling and diving in the clearturquoise waters surrounding the island which are home to a magnificent arrayof colourful marine life.The Marquis Estate is located just 15 minutes from the George Charles Airportnear Castries.
 
www.themarquisestate.com
Population
170,650.
Capital
Castries.
Area
616 sq km/238 sq m); 43 km/27 miles long 23 km/14 miles wide.
Geography
St Lucia is a volcanic island with 158 km of coastline and is dominatedby high peaks and rain forests and is known for the twin peaks of Gros Piton andPetit Piton on the southwestern coast. The highest peak is Mount Gimie –958m.The island is divided into 11 quarters – Anse la Raye, Canaries, Castries, Choiseul,Dennery, Forest, Gros Islet, Laborie, Micoud, Soufriere, Vieux Fort. The island has5 administrative parishes – Charlotte, St Andrew, St David, St George, St Patrick.
Time difference
GMT -4.
Language
Official language is English; the local dialect is French Patois.
Monetary unit
Eastern Caribbean dollar EC$ (fixed to the US Dollar); US dollarsare widely accepted.
Airport
Hewanorra International Airport on the southern tip of the islandhandles international flights. The George F.L. Charles Airport in Castries handlesinter-Caribbean traffic.
Flight times
8 hours 45 minutes from London – BA and Virgin fly from Gatwick;Virgin fly from Manchester; 4 hours from New York – with American Airlines.
Climate
Tropical climate with little seasonal temperature variation averaging 27°c;average daily sunshine is 8 – 9 hours; seasonal rainfall between June and December.
Location
St Lucia is the second largest of the Windward Islands and part of theLesser Antilles, with the Caribbean Sea on the west coast and the Atlantic Oceanon the east coast.
Government
St Lucia is an ex-British colony and has been an independent statein the Commonwealth since February 1979; Governor General - Pearlette Louisy;Prime Minister - Stephenson King.
Economy
In 2005 GDP grew by 5.1% Tourism and banana production are themain sources of income for St Lucia and the tourist industry is its biggest employer.Improvements in roads, communications and services infrastructure have attractedforeign investment. The World Bank has recently placed St Lucia in the top 30countries in the world to invest, making St Lucia the only Caricom country tomake the top 30.
Tourism
St Lucia is considered to be the most romantic destination in the Caribbeanand attracts a large number of visitors each year. In 2005 tourist visitors totalled over700,000 mainly from the US and UK and tourism accounted for more than 48% of St Lucia’s GDP. High season – mid Dec to mid April.

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